All above the shoulders

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John’s a man of many parts

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Kids get a solid foundation

first_imgA Cardinia primary school welcomed a set of triplets to Foundation year level this year. Triplets Talwin, Abigail and Temperence…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Archer makes England’s final squad for World Cup

first_imgEngland have called up fast bowler Jofra Archer to their final 15-man squad for the World Cup, with the hosts making three changes to the preliminary squad they announced last month.All-rounder Liam Dawson, who bowls left-arm spin, and top order batsman James Vince were also called up by selectors, with Joe Denly and David Willey missing out.Archer made his one-day international (ODI) debut against Ireland earlier this month and impressed selectors with his pace and control in that match as well as in England’s recent 4-0 series victory over Pakistan.Dawson, who last played an ODI in October, picked up 18 wickets for Hampshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup, while Vince takes Alex Hales’ spot after the latter was dropped after being suspended for recreational drug use.England begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on May 30.Squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Woodlast_img read more

Questions…

first_img…on City Parkingour Eyewitness understands it takes a stake driven through the heart to kill Dracula. So what the heck does it take to kill this abomination called “Smart City Solution Parking for GTown”? After all, the latter’s gonna suck way more blood from the good burghers of our Capital City than the old Count from Transylvania ever did!This tale is unfolding exactly like these horror movies that used to keep us transfixed in a mixture of morbid curiosity and fear. We know there will be a whole lotta people slaughtered by the end…but we don’t know exactly how! In this case we always knew the citizens of Georgetown and visitors to its teeming streets will literally get it in the end…but we weren’t sure how gory it’ll be.Even if you were vacationing on Mars for the last six months and missed all the shenanigans of the Mayor, Town Clerk and the rest of the Gang of Four at City Hall, the fact that Smart City Solutions had moved on from exhibiting the Meters to hiring personnel should give you a hint “parking contract done gone a watah”! . The last vote taken by the City Council when they approved the “revised” plan was just the icing on the cake.And what’s this revised plan? Well, just a licence to funnel money from your pockets into the hands of the Boys and Girls in the band for twenty years…rather than forty-nine! And then we should know that even that’s a “cock”. There is, after all, the clause giving the option for an “additional 20 years subject to the approval of the City, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld”!!If for some obscure reason, the approval’s withheld, we can just see the high-priced lawyers Smart City will be able to afford in 20 years having a field day with that phrase “not to be unreasonably withheld”!! But let’s look past the so-call reductions in the penalties for “illegally” parking – we always knew these were hiked up so as to give the city some “haggle room” no? Did the Gang of Four think we don’t shop at local markets?But the final straw on the unfolding tragedy was the reward by the PNC to the Mayor by electing her to the PNC Central Committee. She obviously saw this as an endorsement of her travesty.Even though democracy demands “informed consent”, she circulated the “revised contract” just an hour before the meeting!!…on Social Cohesion trainingSix months before Prezzie ventured into the village Mandir of Blairmont to pay his respects to the Hindu deity Lord Hanuman, his Minister of Social Cohesion, Amna Ally had beaten him to the punch on the ecumenical front. As pictured in the Daily Chronicle of March 7, there she was praying to Lord Hanuman up close and personal in the Ogle Shri Samayapuran Mariamma Mandir. It was very touching, and as she said, it was an opportunity to demonstrate what “social cohesion was all about”.The Pandit, one Deodat Tillak pledged to work tirelessly with the government on this social cohesion front. But from his “religious” intervention at a Heritage Month Interfaith Service this week, he has a far way to go to build “togetherness” among us Guyanese. With several Indigenous Peoples in the audience including Ministers of Government and advisors, he claimed that paedophilia and statutory rape were a scourge in their community.Now whatever may be the merits or demerits of his point, surely this wasn’t the time or place to state it so bluntly. Obviously Amna Ally didn’t coach him enough!!…on professional trainingThe Government just announced they’ll be subsidising the cost of tuition for budding lawyers going over to Hugh Wooding in TT. But will they subsidise some poor clients on their return?And if law in TT, why not medicine at UG??last_img read more

Sugar workers protest at Skeldon Estate

first_imgEmployees of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) attached to Skeldon Estate, in Berbice protested Skeldon’s administrative offices to vent frustrations over the non-adherence of practices they enjoyed when they worked at the Albion Estate in the past.According to the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the problems stemmed from GuySuCo’s cancellation of Skeldon’s first crop for 2017. As such, the workers were required to undertake cane cutting tasks at AlbionThe Skeldon workers are protesting their treatment at the Albion EstateEstate.The employees on Tuesday said that GuySuCo is seeking to impose its practices on the Skeldon workers, noting that the practices in question have been in place for many years and were formulated through engagements between shop stewards and the Estate’s management.It is expected that the contentious issues will be a matter for discussion at a meeting scheduled today between GAWU and GuySuCo at the corporation’s Head Office to address the workers’ issues. While specific details on the worker’s concerns were not fully disclosed, GAWU noted that it is hopeful that the engagement would be meaningful and that it would address the many concerns of the workers.Last month, GuySuCo indicated that mechanical failures forced the cancellation of this year’s first crop at Skeldon. It was announced that the Skeldon factory’s co-generation plant was not safe to continue its operations and that the problems could be rectified only until the final months of this year. On the backdrop of the suspension of the first crop, GuySuCo indicated that workers would have been deployed elsewhere during the period that sugar operations at Skeldon had ceased.At Wales EstateIt was only this Monday that several sugar workers attached to the Wales Estate continued their protests over the non-payment of severance packages. Those sugar workers are rejecting moves to Uitvlugt on the West Coast of Demerara and they reiterated calls for President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo to intervene on their behalf.When Government confirmed the end of sugar operations at Wales Estate last year, it was explained that cost was the main factor for the entity’s closure. It is expected that Government will keep only three of the country’s sugar estates operational and under its remit, while Skeldon will soon be privatized.last_img read more

Adoptive parents settle for $200,000

first_imgThe state Department of Social Services has agreed to pay $200,000 to an Antelope Valley family that was underpaid by the county for nearly a decade to care for six severely disabled adopted children, officials said Wednesday. Donna and James Durando received the settlement after challenging an administrative ruling that denied retroactive benefits from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Service, said Encino attorney Lisa Jaskol, who represented the family. “We recognize the needs of families who adopt children,” state Department of Social Services spokeswoman Shirley Washington said. “This settlement ensures that the adoptive family receives the appropriate benefits to which they are entitled.” The county agency had acknowledged it miscalculated foster and adoptive-support payments and agreed to increase the payments, Jaskol said. (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The county paid the couple $345 a month for one child when they were entitled to nearly $2,000 a month and paid $700 a month for another child when they were entitled to more than $4,000 a month, Jaskol said. But the county refused to make up the difference for previous years of underpayment, Jaskol said. An administrative law judge upheld the county’s denial. Donna Durando, 51, a nurse, said she and her husband, a sheetmetal worker, have adopted a dozen children out of foster care in the last 25 years. Seven of the children are disabled. She said it now costs $2,800 a month to feed the children, and she pays $2,400 a month out of her own pocket for health insurance because Medi-Cal doesn’t cover all their medical needs. “I was taking care of all these kids while my husband was working. I couldn’t work because my kids were so sick. We were surviving on less than $40,000 a year at the time,” she said. “If we’d had this money earlier for our children, they could have gotten a lot more services. Things like speech and physical therapy.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com last_img read more

Southgate tries to defuse racism row after England spark fury in Bulgaria

first_img“What happened in Hartlepool a couple of weeks ago was probably worse than things I’ve seen or heard about in many other countries in the world. So, I think we have to be very careful in how we cover everything.”Southgate was referring to last month’s National League match between Hartlepool and Dover, when racist comments were allegedly made and both managers considered taking their teams off the pitch.As for Bulgaria, the national stadium in Sofia will be partially closed on Monday as punishment for racist behaviour by supporters in earlier home Euro 2020 qualifiers. 5,000 seats at the Vasil Levski National Stadium must be empty for Monday’s match Abraham has said England players won’t think twice about walking off 3 Southgate says he understands the outrage in Bulgaria Southgate took the unusual step of expressing concerns about the potential for racism in Sofia a month ahead of Monday’s match – fears the Bulgarian Football Union [BFU] called ‘groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary’.The BFU’s fury has only ratcheted up in recent days and federation president Borislav Mikhaylov has said England’s players should face sanctions from UEFA if they continue to talk about the possibility of racist abuse in the country.The former goalkeeper has written to European football’s governing body to express his anger at the comments from the England camp suggesting they could walk off the pitch without following UEFA’s three-step protocol.Asked about Mikhaylov’s comments, Southgate said in Prague: “I can totally understand why the Bulgarian president feels as he does because we have purely been responding honestly to questions we’ve been asked by you guys (the media). Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty “That will then be relayed however it may be relayed in Bulgaria, and the way that that’s pitched could appear provocative or appear that we’re the people who are laying the subject on the table.“So, if I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does.“We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it.“We’re all hoping that over the next 72 hours, we’re just talking about two football matches.“I think both countries would have a strong desire for that, and I have to say again, we don’t look at other countries in a way that we don’t shine a mirror on our own. Getty Images – Getty 3 3 England boss Gareth Southgate has downplayed a racism row with Bulgaria, stressing that his players’ comments have been taken out of context by Monday’s opponents.The Three Lions will qualify for Euro 2020 with three games to spare if they win in the Czech Republic on Friday night, but the main focus at the pre-match press conference was the potential for problems three days later.last_img read more

Quote from a Disney Dad – Walt Disney

first_imgShare This!Happy Father’s Day to all our Dad readers and Dad staff!All week we’ve been featuring advice, observations, and words of wisdom from some of our favorite Disney Dads. It’s only fitting to end the celebration with the Dad who started it all, Walt Disney himself.“The most important thing is family.” – Walt DisneyWho are your favorite Disney dads? Have you learned any fatherly wisdom from a Disney dad? Let us know in the comments.last_img